Rahway River
Trout Unlimited #155

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Rahway River Trout Unlimited is one of the newest New Jersey Trout Unlimited chapters. We are an organization of men and women that strive to protect our cold freshwater fisheries throughout the state. Our members meet once a month, discuss many topics from conservation to fishing. We also go on fishing trips throughout the year, conduct river cleanups, and partake in many other activities. If you like fishing or just want to give back to the environment then RRTU is for you.

If you live near one of the following towns and are a trout fisherman or care about conservation, we want you in our Rahway River Trout Unlimited Chapter of New Jersey :

Cranford, Westfield, Garwood, Fanwood, Kenilworth, Chatham, Iselin, Linden, Clark, Springfield, Union, Vauxhall, Mountainside, Elizabeth, Roselle, Roselle Park, Hillside, Scotch Plains and New Providence


Upcoming Events:

Rahway River Trout Unlimited
New Jersey

Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of every month.
These meetings start @ 7:30PM, at the...

Cranford Community Center

2nd Floor
220 Walnut Ave.
Cranford, NJ 07016
(908) 709-7283

Click Link for Google Map of the Community Center

Our presentations are free-of-charge to all interested fisherman regardless of whether or not you are a RRTU member. So bring a friend, come on out and enjoy yourself, learn a few new things, meet some new fishing buddies, and perhaps even consider
our Trout Unlimited Chapter - #155.


Our next general meeting is scheduled for...

Monday, March 17th
at 7:30 PM.

  Bob Wesolowski


Learn to Fish the Croton Watershed

On the third Monday of each month the Rahway River Trout Unlimited Chapter holds its monthly general meeting at the Cranford Community Center at 7:30pm. Following the agenda we usually have a guest speaker perform a presentation.

Bob Wesolowski, President Emeritus of the Croton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited will give us the insider's scoop on fishing the Croton watershed, so close to New York City yet with solitude and famously large wild trout to boot! 

The Croton Watershed, which covers some 387 square miles, The West Branch of the Croton rivercontains some of the finest fishing in the eastern U.S. The system includes three major tributaries and 15 reservoirs, not to mention a number of smaller watercourses. They are fortunate that the rivers and lakes in their watershed are part of the New York City water supply. Considering the number of people living in the area and the amount of residential and commercial development, were it not for the preservation and care accorded our local lakes, rivers and the land around them, we would be hard pressed to find any clean, cold water to wet a fly in, let alone drink. So, the availability of such terrific trout fishing venues so close to home is truly a blessing. Trout anglers will find many fine fishing opportunities on stream segments downstream of nine New York City Reservoirs. Combined these nine stream segments offer over 13 miles of publicly accessible trout water. In most cases brown trout are the most common species, while in others rainbow and sometimes even an occasional brook trout provide diversity.

Hope to see you there...


Rahway River Trout Unlimited

Don't Forget to check out the RRTU Meetup site that lists all
events & meeting information



Come join us for one of our Fly Tying nights at the Cranford Community Center!

Our next Fly Tying Nights will be


Monday, March 10th at 7:00 PM

Monday, March 24th at 7:00 PM

Monday, April 14th at 7:00 PM

Monday, April 28th at 7:00 PM


Second Annual March Fly Tying Madness Event

Saturday, March 22nd at 9:00 AM

On March 22nd 2014 at 9:00 AM The Rahway River Trout Unlimited Chapter will again be hosting the Second Fly Tying Madness Event at The Cranford Community Center. Sponsored by The New Jersey State Council of Trout Unlimited ... Ten Chapters from Trout Unlimited from across the state will gather to tie fishing flies to donate to wounded warriors thru organizations such as Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing. We will also be tying for breast cancer survivors from Casting For Recovery and The Trout Unlimited Veterans Program. This will be a bigger & better event than last year with some of New Jersey's finest Fly Tyers in attendance.

All are welcome!

The meetings are free and are open to all. All tying levels are welcome. We have extra materials and vices for those who need them and there are volunteers who will work with the new people who want to try fly tying. You don't have to be a TU member to join us. We have free coffee and donuts and always have a fly fishing DVD playing. This is a very informal get together with the purpose of sharing our hobby with other people who want to find out what it is all about in a laid back atmosphere. You will find it to be a very relaxing evening even if you don't want to tie flies. Come down and have a cup of coffee and meet a great bunch of guys, talk fishing or sports (no politics) or pick up some tying tips. This time of year is a great time to refill your fly boxes. Hope to see you there.





President's Corner
   I hope everyone has had a safe and enjoyable summer.
 The Rahway River Trout Unlimited (RRTU) Chapter has changed the day we meet each month.
   RRTU will be holding its general meeting starting this September on the THIRD MONDAY of the month.
   The past two years Wednesday evenings the Cranford Community Center the Audio Visual Room seemed to be always over booked and we would end up getting bumped, and on two occasions we had no room to hold our meeting in.
   We have been holding our bi-monthly Fly Tying Meetings on Monday nights and for the most part the AV room was available.
   For those reasons we have decided to move our general monthly meeting to the third Monday of the month @ 7:30 P.M. giving us less of a chance of getting bumped.
   One of the first order of business at our September 2013 meeting will be to approve our By-Laws to reflect this change.
Our meeting schedule for the up coming year will be as follows;
September 16
October 21
November 18
(No meeting in December)
January 22
February 19
March 17
April 21
May 19
June 16

...Please Contact our
 President, Dennis McCarthy @

or come join us at one of our monthly meeting's or fly tying nights!


a kid to fishing:

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Trout Unlimited Youth Membership!


Membership for Women:

If you're a female angler who has been waiting for a compelling reason to join Trout Unlimited—or if you just haven't gotten around to it—here's an offer you can't pass up. In an attempt to build up its female community, TU is offering a free one-year membership. The offer is open to new members only. Here's what you'll get:
  • 1-year subscription to TROUT magazine
  • 6-month TU calendar (mailed in the fall)
  • Official TU membership card
  • Car rental & hotel discounts
  • TU decal
  • Local chapter membership
And another, less tangible benefit as well: the pleasure of knowing you're part of a growing community of women who enjoy angling and want to keep America's rivers cold, clean and fishable.

   See also ...The Woman's Initiative Program





Featured Story:

Coldwater Conservation School

June 26 - June 29, 2014

The NJ School of Conservation in Sussex County will again be the host site for an exciting Coldwater Conservation School being offered by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and the NJ State Council of Trout Unlimited and its supporting chapters. The School will be held June 26 - June 29, 2014 and is open to youths who will be between the ages of 11 and 14 at the time of the program.

The goal of the School is to foster a knowledge and appreciation of trout and the coldwater habitats on which they depend. Understanding all of the elements necessary for healthy streams and good trout habitat helps students realize the importance of stream and water quality protection, and roles they can play in stream conservation.

Division of Fish and Wildlife biologists and instructors from Trout Unlimited will teach sessions about stream ecology, fish habitat, fish biology and identification, aquatic insect identification, fly tying, fly-casting, and stream restoration. There will also be evening programs where students will learn about reptiles and New Jersey's black bears.

The cost of the Coldwater Conservation School is only $275.00, which includes food, lodging and equipment for the entire 4 days and 3 nights.

Applications are due no later than April 1, 2014. Students accepted into the School will be notified by the end of April. Last year's School was very successful with more than 30 participants, so be sure to get your applications in on time!

Information about the Coldwater Conservation School including the official application can be found at: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/conservation_school.htm .

Information about Trout Unlimited can be found at: http://www.njtu.org/ and the NJ School of Conservation at http://csam.montclair.edu/njsoc/ .

Questions about the School should be directed to Jessica Griglak at 908-637-4125 x 112 or jessica.griglak@dep.state.nj.us .

Women’s Initiative (WI) Program at New Jersey Trout Unlimited:
Be Part of it......
Trout Unlimited is America's leading coldwater conservation organization

Make a Difference.....
Be a grassroots advocate for protection of the environment

Leave a Legacy.....
Work to ensure we have clean, cold, fishable water for generations to come
   The main goal of the NJ State Council of Trout Unlimited Women’s Initiative is to provide support for chapters to recruit new members to TU as well as engage current members to network with other women and become involved in chapter projects and river outings.  As a grass roots effort campaign, the NJ State Council hopes to see an increase in women involvement and work to empower new leaders to share their passion for cold water conservation. Whether new to the sport or an experienced angler, the idea to unite women in the state and open communication will serve to enrich our membership. There are future plans to organize outings in Spring, which will give women in the state the opportunity to gather together for fishing and camaraderie.
     If you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the NJ TU Women’s Initiative Program, contact coordinator Kelly E. Buchta at kebuchta@njtu.org

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